Having spent a fabulous day listening at the West of England Bandsman Festival in Bugle I had it overshadowed when it came to the results. I had predicted all of the sections pretty well but to hear that my dead cert in the 4th section were second I was to say the least 'gob smacked', and not the only one commenting. The Band I had heard and given 2nd had played to a different standard than that of the band that were given the 1st prize, this got me thinking and as the weekend went on I was getting more and more headaches over this. One Question came to me, is it fair to have the composer of the set test piece actually conducting a band in the section or even why choose a piece that everyone knows that he will be involved in. Please give me some thoughts on all of this, im starting to get very cynical!!